The Grateful Dead will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a full-length documentary out next year. The movie, authorized by the band, will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev and Martin Scorsese as executive producer.
The untitled project will follow the band from their origins in 1965, put light on the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, and close with what the band is doing right now. Interviews will be conducted with the surviving band members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will all be interviewed for the project, along with more people in the band’s history. The interviews will be spread amongst with never-before-seen concert and behind-the-scenes footage.
Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir said in a statement, “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese … The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.”
Scorsese said, “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”